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215mag Ticket Giveaway to See Tory Lanez + Boogie!

Torey Lanez live in Philly December 11th…

ENTER HERE for a chance to win 2 free tix via @215mag:

Winners (chosen randomly) will be notified via email Wednesday December 9th (two days before the show) by NOON. Submit your first and last name and email by December 7th at 11:00am ET for your chance to win.

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Pour The Core: Philadelphia – October 15, 2015

Love apples? Then, drink apples! Gather with fellow apple enthusiasts, hard cider aficionados, fermentation zealots, and craft beverage fanatics at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for the third annual Pour The Core: Philly.

At Pour The Core: Philly, you and your friends will be surrounded by the picturesque fall backdrop of the Marine Parade Grounds and be showcased to the finest locally-produced and internationally-sourced ciders – more than 75 in all! The event will feature local favorites like the artfully crafted, Frecon’s Cidery Crabby Granny, Sir Charles Hard Cider, Good Intent Adam’s Apple, and so many other PA favorites! Best-selling US brands like Woodchuck Hard Cider, Angry Orchard, Original Sin and Doc’s Draft Hard Cider will also be featured. And, a variety of imported ciders and perries from Spain, England and elsewhere will round out the varieties offered.

So get your blanket or lawn chair ready to stake your spot by the live music. Carry your sunglasses and hat for protection from the sun… check the weather for what to wear and get your tickets. The event will take place rain or shine (no refunds). Don’t forget to bring a belly ready for delicious foods available to purchase from local Philly Food Trucks.

There will be special seminars about cider, the making of cider, and the enjoyment of cider. The event will also help raise funds for the Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC). Visit the charity page to find out more about this great organization.

(Source: http://www.pourthecore.com/philly/)


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Circling Back With Circa Waves: Discussing the Future of Releasing Music, their Musical Influences, Touring, and more

Liverpool quartet Circa Waves recently released their debut album titled Young Chasers which features their lead single, “T-Shirt Weather,” which has over 10 million streams on Spotify. They are currently on a U.S. tour run before heading back to the UK for a string of sold out shows across Europe. Over the past few months, Circa Waves has performed at Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and on Conan as well. Recently, guest contributor Ryan Quint sat down with the group at their show with MS MR at Union Transfer to discuss the future of releasing music, their musical influences, touring and much more.

Back in March we had interviewed Circa Waves, just a few days before their debut album release, click here to read up on it.


Circa Waves are: Kieran Shudall (guitar / vocals), Joe Falconer (guitar), Sam Rourke (bass) & Colin Jones (drums).


Ryan: Last time we spoke was about 7 months, you guys only had the EP out. Now we have a full-length album. Young Chasers was just released a few weeks ago on September 18. So I’d first like to congratulate you on of all of the recent success.

Kieran: Thank you very much.

Ryan: Speaking of EPs and Albums, I heard an interview you guys recently did where Kieran said that he felt that with how the music industry is going, artists are going to only drop EPs and give out “little bursts of ideas” instead of full-length albums. Can you explain that thought process and why you feel you that way?

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Kieran: I mean the album thing will always exist for certain artists but just because of how fast everything moves; I think that EP’s are a more efficient way of releasing music.

Sam: I can see that happening. Albums, as a concept, came around because of the technology. From vinyl. That’s how many songs you could fill on a record so they would. I think that right now technology is changing and people’s listening habits are changing as well. Maybe the regular format of releasing music won’t be albums anymore. I still love albums. We buy vinyl all the time but I could definitely see artists just releasing 1 or 2 EP’s every year instead.

Kieran: It’s quicker. It’s more efficient. Kind of like a half album.

Sam: It also allows for more freedom as well. 2 EP’s can be completely different but if you’re doing a bunch of tracks under 1 large umbrella of an album, it has to be a lot more consistent. It may be good for artists to challenge themselves on a more regular basis by releasing more projects.
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Ryan: I think its really cool that each of you have sort of your own musical style whether its Kieran with the indie rock and old folk sound or Sam with Hip-Hop. How do these different styles help create the Circa Waves sound we hear on Young Chasers?

Kieran: It definitely influences the way we play our music or how we approach certain parts of songs. I’m not going to write a guitar part from a Dr. Dre record, I’ll write it to a sound that better pleases me. It just works in that way.

Sam: I definitely agree. Part of the sounds of how things worked out relate to our personal styles of music. Joe has this scrappy guitar style which comes from what he listens to.

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(to Sam) And would you be the Dr. Dre listener?

Sam: I don’t condone or endorse Dr. Dre but I suppose some of the bass lines that I’ve written have a Hip-Hop sensibility in some ways. It’s definitely an influence but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where it is.

Ryan: LA Daily News had very high praise for the album. Do you ever read reviews and see how the critics feel about your music or is it mainly your fans reaction and opinion that you care about?

Kieran: I read some reviews. If it’s a good review, I’ll read it. I don’t tend to go out of my way to read reviews anymore. Not because we get loads of bad reviews its just that there’s almost no point. We play shows in front of loads of people every night and that’s enough gratification for us.

Sam: It can go down two roads. You can either become incredibly self-obsessed because you have a larger world of things relating to you or you can go down the route of completely shutting it off and think that’s what we’ve done.

Kieran: Also, the more successful you get, the more people are going to dislike you. It’s fine with me. Music is made to separate people. 

Ryan: Kieran, you mentioned that a lot of the album is inspired by early adolescence. Can you explain this more in-depth and did you have any specific moments that you recalled when creating this album?

Kieran: I’ve always wanted to capture that moment and period of time in my life and other people’s lives when I was writing. I just think it’s really interesting. That part from 16 to 25 is just so fucking mental.

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I’m smack in the middle of that right now.

Kieran: Yeah. It’s fucking weird right? I always loved the first Arctic Monkeys record, the first Strokes record. They’re all talking about their experiences of growing up and you can’t write about that forever. The 2nd record won’t be about that. It was just something I wanted to get out of my system.

Ryan: And its still fresh in your memory

Kieran: Yeah, it’s still fresh. I’m not that old yet. I’m getting further away from that time but it’s cool to think about it like a diary of what happened during those years of my life.

Ryan: I saw you were in Philadelphia yesterday morning. Did you spend a full off day here?

Kieran: We did the Radio 104.5 thing in the morning then we had to drive up to Albany for a show. It would’ve been nice if we had a day off here though. We were supposed to have a day off but as usual, it got cancelled.

Ryan: How was Albany then?

Kieran: It was great. Very good show.

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Ryan: Was it your first time to upstate New York?

Kieran: Yeah. Not that we actually saw any of Albany but the venue was really cool. The drive up was very nice. We also just discovered Serial Podcast. It’s massive but it completely blew past us but it’s this woman investigating a murder case and each episode is her digging further into the case. So we just smashed through that the whole drive. It’s based on a real murder that happened in Baltimore and we drove past Baltimore while we were listening to it and I wanted to hide.

Ryan: Do you guys know The Wire? That will make you want to hide even more.

Sam: Yeah, it’s amazing. That was the first thing I thought of when we drove past Baltimore.

Ryan: Moving on, your current US Tour is coming to a close. You’re about head back to the UK and the rest of Europe. What has been the most enjoyable part about tour so far?

Kieran: It’s been really good. I’d say the highlight would be the day we were in LA. We did Conan in the morning and then went straight to The Troubadour and did an amazing show. That was a fucking great day.

Sam: Very stressful day.

Kieran: We also went through the Gilmore Girls town on the Warner Bros lot. Three great things that happened in one day.

Sam: and the Batman steps as well. It was a good day. We got to do the biggest TV show we’ve ever done.

Kieran: Also, America doesn’t feel like one country, it feels like 50 different little countries. We’ve seen bits of Seattle, bits of San Fran and just getting a little bit of the culture from everywhere is very enjoyable. It’s cool seeing how different each place is and how everywhere has its own proper identity.

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You guys were doing Festivals all summer, including Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, now that you’re back in clubs and theaters, which do you prefer?

Sam: I really like the way that it all works out. By the end of summer, we’re really ready to do the headline tour and then towards March we’re anxious to start festival season again. What I love is the balance between the two. We did about 30 festivals this year and by the end it’s just tiring.

Kieran: Festivals are also very low pressure. They have a party vibe and there’s shit loads of bands, people aren’t there to just see us. People are going to have a good time regardless. The pressure is off but you also try to win over a crowd. Where as headline shows, you’ve won straight away. The crowd has come to see you. You get applauded just from walking on the stage. That doesn’t happen at many festivals.

Ryan: I heard you guys had one of the best sets at Glastonbury

Sam: Apparently. According the polls. Was it the best set ever?

Kieran: Yeah we had the best set ever.

Ryan: I’m not sure but we’ll call it that.

Kieran: Just kidding but that was nice. We had played Glastonbury the year before but we were just starting out so no one knew who we were. It was good to be there but this year was our “arrival” at Glastonbury.

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I saw you were recently out at a karaoke bar with Ms. Mr recently – it seems like you guys are getting along on these run of shows.

Kieran: Yeah. We just met on this tour. They’ve been one of the most welcoming bands we’ve ever toured with. They give us free shit and they’re just really nice.

Ryan: Free shit is always a good thing. Last time we spoke, “Stuck in My Teeth” was your favorite song from the new album to play live, has that changed at all?

Kieran: It’s not. I fucking hate it (laughs). No, I don’t mind playing it. It is quite difficult for me to sing it though. But in the UK it’s always a big shout moment. The kids love that line in it (“I’m a little too young with not enough time”). Right now I really enjoy playing this track called “Talking Out Loud.” People don’t lose their shit to it but they do really so to enjoy it.

Sam: It’s a great break in the set.

Kieran: If it were the 80’s, we’d all light up cigarettes and play while smoking. It gives us a chance to regroup.

Ryan: You guys played “Stuck in My Teeth” as well as “T-Shirt Weather” on Conan. How was that experience?

Sam: It was really cool. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t realize how long the day was though. I just thought you rock’ed up and played and then left but we were there for about 7 hours. It was amazing though. We love Conan and his work on The Simpsons.

Ryan: He’s tall isn’t he?

Sam: He’s fucking huge. Normally, I feel out of place in photographs for being the tall one but not this time.

Kieran: He seems like this huge giant but he was really nice to us. You never really know with those people because they have to have that personality all the time. I would really love to just have a cup of tea with him but it was good. Doing Conan felt like one of those landmarks in this lifestyle where it’s something terrifying but then you overcome it and, to me, it was the most terrifying thing we’ve done. I’m not sure what will be next, hopefully something bigger but that was a huge achievement for us.

Ryan: Speaking of T-Shirt Weather, it has over 10 million streams on Spotify. Why do you think fans have connected most with that song so far?

Kieran: It’s quite hard to pinpoint why certain songs get a reaction like that because I would try to make more if I knew the answer. Maybe because people can relate to it because the content is about things that everyone remembers like what it was like when you were younger. It’s also one of the catchiest songs I’ve ever written so maybe its just that and the fact that it’s just “T-Shirt Weather” it’s a title that can easily stick in people’s minds. Who knows?

Sam: (to Kieran) You should get Owen Pallett to do a musical review of it. From Arcade Fire. He did a few pieces analyzing Beyoncé songs and it was really cool.

Kieran: For me, it’s all better to not break songs down too much. Otherwise, I’ll try and make some formula every time I write a new song.

Ryan: Lastly, you guys are nominated for Best New Act at this years Q Awards. Former winners of that award include Sam Smith, Django Django & Corinne Bailey Rae among many others. Are you honored knowing that you were just nominated for that award or are accolades only important to you if you win them?

Kieran: I already feel quite satisfied. I think that we’re the best out of all of the people on there but I don’t know if everyone does. It’s up to the people to decide. It is good to know that we’re on that level of the artists nominated though.

Sam: Is it cash if we win? Because if it is then I’m well up for it. If we did win it would be our first accolade ever, alongside the apparent “Best Act at Glastonbury” (Laughs)

Ryan: Thank you guys. Good luck with the rest of your tour.


Catch more of Circa Waves through their social media accounts.

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Does Philadelphia Hold The Future of business?

We all wish we could see into the future, and have a competitive advantage regarding what’s to come. For a second year, Philadelphia was the place to be in order to get an idea of that. The Pennsylvania Convention Center held another “Forbes Under 30 Summit” where young creators, innovators, social leaders, and more join together in one place to celebrate advances in every field.

Industry success stories come to speak on their personal journeys and experiences, while encouraging those in attendance to  find and chase their own passions. People travel from various cities to hear these words of encouragement and advice.  Even getting an opportunity to network with individuals who don’t have thirty minutes on their schedule to hold a meeting with you for majority of the year.

So why is Philadelphia the perfect location for the future leaders of every industry ranging from health, tech, food, arts, and more ? Possibly, the business world see a shift caused by the expensive property value in surrounding major cities like New York and Washington, DC. The next generation will want to have access to these major markets, but will be able to develop and nurture their ideas in a more affordable location. Advances at colleges like Temple, Drexel, and Upenn will cause for more of the brightest scholars to collaborate in the Philadelphia area. Not to mention the development of collaborative work spaces like Pipeline Philly beginning to surface for industry shifters to work out of.


Looking back after this year’s summit came to a close, I’m thinking now that our future leaders certainly came and enjoyed the city of Brotherly Love, and will likely begin to make this stop more often as they progress in their respective fields. Forbes may be onto something holding its summit which focuses on youth and the future, directly in downtown Philadelphia.


Guest Contribution by Tre Banks

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215mag 90’s R&B Fresh Fest Ticket Giveaway

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Calling all who want to rekindle that love and passion… it’s time to get your smooth on! two.one.five magazine is giving two winners each a pair of tickets for 90’s R&B Fresh Fest at The Liacouras Center in Temple University for this Sunday October 11th, 2015.


Lineup includes the acts of Bell Biv Devoe, Brian McKnight, Guy, Chante Moore & Michel’le.


Winners (chosen randomly) will be notified via email Sunday October 11th (day of show) by NOON. Submit your first and last name and email by October 11th at 11:00am ET for your chance to win.

(Printed tickets available for pick-up, winner will receive details)


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ALO at World Cafe live Philly – Sunday October 11, 2015

Over the last couple of years the members Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) have all been working hard on individual side projects such as touring with Jack Johnson, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, and Mokie. Recently, the band have re-united and are touring this fall in support of their October 2nd new album release, Tangle Of Time . One of their stops along the tour will be at World Live Cafe on Sunday October 11th (with Yojimbo).

ALO formed almost two decades ago and releases albums (on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records) that are an exuberant mix of Pop/Rock and in-the-moment improv. The new album Tangle Of Time incorporates these elements, but also features a sound that evokes the California cool of the 70’s. All four members of the band contributed to the songwriting for this album adding to its freewheeling sound.

Image source: http://www.masonjarmedia.com/alo


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15 Days until the Roots Picnic ’14: Roman GianArther

Roman GianArther is part of Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Arts Society, which is a collective of musicians producing a variety of jams. Roman GianArther is originally from Texas and considers his music, “Desperado R&B.” Listening to I-69, he reminds me of a more up-beat Gary Clark Jr.

Roman GianArther’s upcoming project, OK Lady, brings together the sounds of Radiohead with D’Angelo. We hope to see the disparate pieces come together at the picnic.

performed a mashup and medley of Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ and D’Angelo‘s ‘Send It On’Read More: Roman GianArthur Covers Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ | http://theboombox.com/roman-gianarthur-radiohead-high-and-dry-dangelo-send-it-on/?trackback=tsmclip
mashup and medley of Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ and D’Angelo‘s ‘Send It On’ from his ‘OK Lady’ project, which blends the music of the two seemingly disparate artistsRead More: Roman GianArthur Covers Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ | http://theboombox.com/roman-gianarthur-radiohead-high-and-dry-dangelo-send-it-on/?trackback=tsmclip
mashup and medley of Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ and D’Angelo‘s ‘Send It On’ from his ‘OK Lady’ project, which blends the music of the two seemingly disparate artistsRead More: Roman GianArthur Covers Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ | http://theboombox.com/roman-gianarthur-radiohead-high-and-dry-dangelo-send-it-on/?trackback=tsmclip
mashup and medley of Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ and D’Angelo‘s ‘Send It On’ from his ‘OK Lady’ project, which blends the music of the two seemingly disparate artistsRead More: Roman GianArthur Covers Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ | http://theboombox.com/roman-gianarthur-radiohead-high-and-dry-dangelo-send-it-on/?trackback=tsmclip

The Roots Picnic is less than a month away. In preparation, I plan to do my homework and learn as much about every artist performing on that bill. For the next 15 days, everyday will be a mini celebration leading up until the grand finale on May 31st at Penn’s Landing, the 7th annual Roots Picnic. Click here for tickets and for more info.

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16 Days until the Roots Picnic ’14: Emily Wells

Coffee Culture Series: Part I

More than ever, and sure to remain true moving forward, building a successful business has become increasingly tied to thinking sustainably. Though it can seem to just be a word or label placed on a product these days, there is no denying that this business model makes a difference on the bottom line; both for the business and for the planet.

The food and beverage industries are often on this cutting edge looking for ways to bring their market the best quality product using sustainable methods.

In Part 1 of our Coffee Culture Series focusing on coffee culture and sustainability, we look at Counter Culture Coffee’s “Sustainable Spring” initiative, which is free and open to the public. This month-long series of events is designed to educate, explore and raise awareness about sustainability and green living and will take place every Friday throughout March at 11:30am (following Counter Culture Coffee’s free, weekly public coffee cuppings at 10am).

During the month of March the following topics will be covered at Counter Culture’s Philadelphia Training Center (2149 Unit B Catharine St):

  • March 21 – CSA: what is it, why is it important? Casey Spacht of Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. Casey is an organic farmer and member of LFFC. He will be talking about the perks of Community Supported Agriculture.
  • March 28 – Pollinators: Not Just Bee Business. Paul Dangel. Beekeeper and insect expert Paul Dangel will introduce other key insects (and animals) which are important contributors to pollination and why they are important to our food system.

Founded in 1995, Counter Culture Coffee is the much-loved coffee roaster dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting and delicious coffees in the world. The company’s vision is to pursue coffee perfection by creating partnerships dedicated to environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability throughout the coffee chain, improving the natural environment and operating efficiently to minimize environmental impact. Counter Culture has eight training centers across the country including locations in New York; Chicago; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Asheville, N.C.; Atlanta; and Durham, N.C., with a new training center and roastery set to open in Emeryville, CA, later this year. Served in some of the country’s top restaurants, Counter Culture Coffee is available in coffee shops, specialty grocers and online at counterculturecoffee.com.

Stay tuned coming up we will be talking to industry innovators, experts on sustainability, and visiting coffee shops for events like Latte Art Throwdowns happening in and around Philly.